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review 2015-01-05 20:24
Steampunk Soldiers
Steampunk Soldiers: Uniforms & Weapons from the Age of Steam (Dark) - Philip Smith,Joseph McCullough

Steampunk Soldiers is a pictorial guide and a historical study of the variety of steam-powered weaponry and equipment before the Great War of the Worlds.

I found this book interesting to read because the different take on history with the rise of steam technology at the start of the American Civil War that change the world history. Unfortunately, I did find that the book dragged a bit. A much as I enjoyed reading about this alternative world was it just not always that interesting to read about the different soldiers. But I do admit that the pictures of them made the book a bit better! The part I liked best reading was the one about the American soldiers and the quite different turn of history with the Union winning the war.

I recommend this book to anyone that like weapons, soldiers and steampunk!

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

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text 2015-01-05 16:44
And this day isn't even over yet...;)
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Steampunk Soldiers: Uniforms & Weapons from the Age of Steam (Dark) - Philip Smith,Joseph McCullough

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text 2015-01-05 15:13
Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 156 pages.
Steampunk Soldiers: Uniforms & Weapons from the Age of Steam (Dark) - Philip Smith,Joseph McCullough

Now that's what I call a Scottish soldier...


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review 2014-11-19 13:07
Beautiful, clever and pure fun!
Steampunk Soldiers: Uniforms & Weapons from the Age of Steam (Dark) - Philip Smith,Joseph McCullough

This is one of the most fun books I've seen in a long time. It's bright, it's colorful, it's imaginative and it's clever. The pictures get your imagination soaring. You could imagine that in an alternative world where steam ruled, this is exactly how the soldiers would have developed. I love that there are soldiers from all over the world with all kinds of weird and unusual weapons. I could just pour over the pictures taking in all the details and the pictures are very detailed. The combination of real uniforms with the steampunk additions just had me laughing out loud. These will be the basis for some Halloween costumes next year, I'm sure.

I love the descriptions of each soldier. They bring the pictures to life and give the history of the war and of each soldier type. The entire book is beautiful. Steampunk afficionados are going to have a field day with this one. Fun is the absolute best word for this book.

I received this book from Netgalley and appreciated the opportunity to give it an honest review.

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review 2014-10-12 01:13
Awesome costumes
Steampunk Soldiers: Uniforms & Weapons from the Age of Steam (Dark) - Philip Smith,Joseph McCullough

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley


                Supposedly a collection of work by Miles Vandercroft, Steampunk Soldiers carries on the tradition of Osprey military books by detailing various soldiers from various countries during a Steampunk era.


                It’s cool.


                Each section focuses on a different part of the world that has developed various items and weapons due to the arrival of certain materials. The introduction of each section gives an overview of the country in terms military strategy and/or development. Italy does seem to be the most creative and humorous part in this regard. In keeping with many Steampunk traditions, the United States is split in the Union and the Confederacy. While most of the focus is on major European powers, Japan gets its own chapter and other countries receive a total chapter grouping.


                In other words, it is a steampunk version of the countries that participated majorly in both World Wars.


                The designs for each country are varied and include anything ranging from Calvary to Firelighters. There are also hints of the traditional costumes. The Highlander Battle suit is an excellent example of this. A kilted Armored Man ala the Black Watch. The section on the two American countries could easily fit into Cherie Priest’s Steampunk series. The Russian section shows a great deal of invention with overtones of how Russia is view today. IN particular, the Russian nurses (or not nurses) stand out. The Fangfeng suit is wonderfully inventive and yet traditional. There are also hints of Freedom Fights in Belgium as well as Canada.


                In short, the book is a wonderful look at a world that would make a good game.

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